SK: High Tatras – Hiking Up Koprovsky Peak
It is not necessary to provide you with some extensive introduction of the High Tatras. These mountains are simply splendid. They lay in the heart of Europe, being a well-known and popular destination among domestic and foreign tourists. Mostly those who love alpine treks travel here frequently. Koprovsky peak (2367 m) is one of the most famous and most visited points of interest there.
Koprovsky peak is situated in the area between Temnosmrecinske, Hlinske, and Mengusovske valleys near the main ridge of the High Tatras and near the borderline with Poland. The peak rises to 2367 meters. Up from there, there are amazing viez of the Tatras in Poland and Slovakia. The best trail up to the peak goes across Mangusovska valley. Depending on the situation, the starting point of your trek could be eitther Strbske pleso or Popradske pleso. Majority of the tourists starts at Strbske pleso. This pleso is an important tourist center and the crossroads where many tourist trails meet. You can get to Strbske pleso by car, train, or bus. There are several hotels and guest houses in the area. Also, the there is a considerable variety of restaurants and accommodation.
The Route of Our Trek
The overal lenght of the trek is 21 kilometers and 1345 meters of elevation. We start at Strbske pleso. We join the red tourist trail running to Popradske pleso. The trail goes across Trigan crossroads. There we can either go along the red trail or turn to the green trail laying at lower altitude. We take the red trail because at some points beautiful views open up over Mengusovska valley and peaks around. We reach the first point of interest of our trek - Popradske pleso. There, at the crossroads, we turn to the left and join the blue tourist trail. Once we get bit higher the less starts to retreat. Instead bushes appear. Once we reach another crossroads we continue along the blue trail. The red trail to the right runs to Rysy (2503 m.). Satan peak majesticaly rises on our left side (2421 m). The trail goes across the valley and then ascends. There is a magnificent view over Mengusovska valley from the top. In the distance, behind Popradske pleso, there is Ostrva (1984 m). When we finish steep climbing an easy section of the trail continues. It goes by Satanova plesos and Male Hincovo pleso. Velke Hincovo pleso is actually another point of interest on our trek. It is the largest pleso in the High Tatras. We can take a break and refresh ourselves on its banks because then there is the final climb. Our final destination is already visible. We climb up the blue trail to reach Vysne Koprovske saddle at 2180 meters. There, we join the red tourist trail and turn right to Koprovsky peak. This trail goes uphill and continues along rocky, partially exposed, ridge. Then it en at the very summit .
To the Top of the Koprovsky Peak
At 2367 meters, Koprovsky peak offers beautiful views over the High Tatra ridges and valleys. Temnosmrecinska valley is also nicely visible. Blue waters of Vysne and Nizne Temnosmrecinske plesos glitter in the sun. There are fascinating views over the Polish Tatras. Velke Hincovo pleso is visible when looking eastwards. It is surrounded by the massive Mengusovske peaks. There are some of the Tatras' greatest summits in the distance – Rysy (2503 m), and Vysoka (2547 m). Worthy noticing are the views over the Hlinska valley, Hlinska vez dominating its ridge (2340 m), and Hruby peak (2428 m).
People enjoying alpine tourism are going to like the trek up to the Koprovsky shield regardless the difficulty and the lenght of such a trek. Beauty and grandiose of the High Tatras is thrilling for anyone who loves nature or hiking.
GPS: 49°10'56.6"N 20°02'53.9"E
Text and photos: Radoslav Biskupič
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